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Beverly Hills Cop (Special Collector's Edition) (1984)

Eddie Murphy , Judge Reinhold , Martin Brest  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher, Ronny Cox
  • Directors: Martin Brest
  • Writers: Daniel Petrie Jr., Danilo Bach
  • Producers: Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer, Linda Horner, Mike Moder
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKCB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,618 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beverly Hills Cop (Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Brand new retrospective cast and crew interviews
  • "Casting Beverly Hills Cop" featurette
  • Location map
  • Music of Beverly Hills Cop and photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

The heat is on in this fast paced action-comedy starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street smart Detroit cop tracking down his best friend's killer in Beverly Hills. Axel quickly learns that his wild style doesn't fit in with the Beverly Hills Police Department, which assigns two officers (Judge Reinhold & John Ashton) to make sure things don't get out of hand. Dragging the stuffy detectives along for the ride, Axel smashes through a huge culture clash in his hilarious, high-speed pursuit of justice. Featuring cameos by Paul Reiser, Bronson Pinchot and Damon Wayans, Beverly Hills Cop is an exhilarating, sidesplitting adventure.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an 80s classic that is a time capsule AND timeless July 11, 2004
This is one of those simple movies that is so deceptively good, you don't realize how good it is. I have probably unintentionally seen this movie 30 times. Every single time it is on TV, I end up stopping whatever it is I was doing and end up watching it to the end, even though I know who the bad guys are and how it ends.
Murphy is Axel Foley, a Detroit police detective. His boss, Inspector Todd, is portrayed by real life Gilbert Hill, a semi-famous police detective in his own right. "Mad About You" creator and star Paul Riser has a small role as Foley's fellow detective. Todd is always threatening Foley with termination due to his costly methods of crime busting.
When his friend Mikey Tandino (James Russo) arrives from Beverly Hills to Detroit to visit with his childhood friend, Foley, Mikey gets murdered. Foley is hit on the head during the hit on his friend, but is otherwise unscathed.
Because of his relationship with Mikey, a guy with a lengthy record of minor petty thefts, Todd assigns another detective to the murder and orders Foley to stay away. Lacking confidence in the skills of the assigned detective, and determined to get justice for his friend, Foley takes a "vacation" and goes to Beverly Hills to see if there is a connection.
The plot is more than just some laughs and gun fire - you truly feel like you are part of Team Foley, investigating the case. Does the murder involve the German Bearer Bonds that Tandino had on him when he was murdered? Is it about U.S. Customs? Is it about cocaine? Is it about expensive art? There are so many different aspects interwoven, a first time viewer is really taken for a ride.
From the get-go, you know who the bad guys are - but will they be caught, and why did they kill Mikey?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saturday night live on Rodeo Drive... May 23, 2000
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Although his present career may be waning Eddie Murphy will always be remembered for his role as Axel Foley, narcotics detective. Sadly it may also be due to films such as this that the paying public will never see him as a serious actor. Despite these negative aspects Murphys performance in this rip roaring satire on the Beverley Hills lifestyle never fails to raise a smirk and possibly a little envy. To remind those readers who may have forgotten the plot Murphy plays an out of state detective, Alex Foley, who travels to Los Angeles in his leave time, and against his superiors direct orders, to suss out the suspicious death of a close friend. Inevitably he meets up with his dead mates former associates and along the way uncovers a drug smuggling ring. Enough said.
Although Eddie is the star of the show and does a good turn he is unforgettably upstaged in two memorable scenes. The first is with "the banana man" at the hotel, Damon Wayans in a brief but comedic cameo. Thank God he went on to better things. The second is with Bronson Pinchots character Serge, the gallery assistant. For the life of me I couldnt fathom his accent or his gender, but it will never be forgotten. He had so much potential. Oh well. It is also where Judge Rheinhold makes his big supporting actor debut. I always found it amazing how two straight actors like Stephen Elliot & John Ashton managed to keep such straight faces working with such characters as Murphy & Rheinhold. Lisa Eilbacher also gives us a solid performance as does Steven Berkoff as the arch villain. A role he seems to have been typecast in to. The upbeat pumping soundtrack also deserves honourable mention.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Detroit cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is in Beverly Hills for a few days to investigate the murder of an old acquaintance. Axel assumes the suspect is a local tycoon, but no one seems to believe him - including the police force, being semi-run by Ronny Cox (in one of his rare good-guy roles).

Axel comes into trouble with the law his first day on the job after getting thrown through a glass window by some thugs. He is arrested, and when released finds himself hounded by a pair of inept police officers around the town for a few days. After outsmarting them (in one of cinema's most delightful moments - ever) Axel gets hooked up with an old friend and manages to roam the streets looking for clues - which, of course, he finds very easily.

Before this film Eddie Murphy had starred in one film that had launched his name into Hollywood: "48 HRS." But by all reasonable comparisons this is a much, much better film, and it's also much, much funnier, too. What's most refreshing is that it doesn't fall back upon the stereotypes of African-Americans inherent in so many mainstream motion pictures - the role of Axel Foley was originally written for Sylvester Stallone (who was actually attached to star early on in pre-production before dropping out of the project) and it's quite clear that Foley was intended as a white character. Although massive rewrites were employed only two weeks before shooting, script flaws can still be spotted - the heroine of the story is a white businesswoman, for example, and we expect some sort of sexual tension between them but there is none. We begin to question the very presence of the female lead because in essence it leads nowhere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Murphy is always great for a laugh!
I had so much watching this movie, laughed out loud throughout the movie!!! The cast worked well together, bumbling idiots, savvy officers, and smart mouth Eddie Murphy lol!
Published 20 hours ago by Melissa Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Beverly Hills Cop
First of the series and the best of the three. Action is great and a some comedy to lighten the theme of the movie.
Published 2 days ago by Mork from Ork
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 80s movie
Eddie Murphy does a fantastic job utilizing comedy as a way to keep the watcher of the movie interested in the storyline
Published 9 days ago by curtis belton
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
A great classic movie. The movie that started them all, but this is probably the best one of the bunch.
Published 9 days ago by Bryan Betenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy
This is Eddie Murphy at his best. Besides his stand up, this is where he was putting in the effort to make a serious situation funny. Coming to America is dead even. Read more
Published 10 days ago by marques leonard
4.0 out of 5 stars Murphy / Akroyd / Curtis / Faltermeyer. You can't go wrong.
Great old movie with Eddie Murphy doing what he does best. Dan Akroyd in his usual deadpan mode. Jamie Lee camping it up. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Daniel Buehler
5.0 out of 5 stars from the 80s
Great movie... gotta see it .
Eddie Murphy is hilarious as always.
What else can I say about it? Yay
Published 17 days ago by Mole
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel
Great trip down Memory Lane to revisit the Land of the Lost 80s. It was fun to go back in time for a night. Fun viewing.
Published 18 days ago by The Write Idea
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 1980's Crime Comedy
This movie ranks right along with several other comedies from the 1980's. I like part 2 better but this one is a classic.
Published 19 days ago by Jon Czerwinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and lots of laughing
Great comedy movie , seen it years ago and it still makes me laugh today. It of course based in Californian how ever there is a seen where they are drinking dunkin donuts coffee. Read more
Published 24 days ago by kim becker
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